DEBBYS WOMP WORLD
Buena Park Raceway
Debby's Womp World
Amendments to Stock Rules
1. In addition to the Parma Death Star motor we will make legal the Proslot - PS-2002 motor.
2. We will allow bracing of the Parma steel womp chassis in the following way: a peice of .062 piano wire can be soldered along the upright at each corner. This peice of piano wire can be no longer than 1 5/8".
3. In addition to the Parma Womp cone shapped front wheels or the legend wide front wheels you my also use the BPR Womp Fronts for your front wheels.
4. We will change the minmum cleareance at the back to chassis to .050 the former cleareance was .062.
5. We will allow the motor to be soldered to the motor bracket replacing stripped screws. Solder only to the chassis bracket. No soldering on the sides of the motor.
We held our Womp Enduro yesterday and we had a decent turnout with 7, two man teams. The tea of Stu and Pepper were a quick bunch as they took the opening heat with 69 laps but they had “The Jokers” and Team “Moon Glaze” close behind. At the end of the 2nd heat we had a tie for 2nd place between the gas monkeys and the jokers trailing our 1st place squad by 4 laps. Moon Glaze did really well in the 3rd as they had a solid 66 laps moving up to the top spot with a 1 lap lead over the Jokers. They would remain 1 lap ahead during the 4th heat 261 to 260. The 5th heat we had team Moon Glaze move down to 2nd place as The Jokers and The Avengers moved into a tie for 1st place at 327 laps. The 6th heat we had The Avengers move into the top spot as they jumped ahead by 6 laps over team Moon Glaze. Moon Glaze would move within 3 laps of the Avengers in the 7th heat but the Avengers would get another lap back in the 8th heat. Fast forwarding to the end of the 10th heat team Moon Glaze would end up within 1 lap of the Avengers. At the end of the 12th heat The Avengers had a solid 7 lap lead on Moon Glaze but there was still another 12 heats to go. The Avengers would get up to a 16 lap lead over Stu and Pepper and Team Moon Glaze who were tied for 2nd place. The 15th heat we had Stu and Pepper take over 2nd place as they went ahead of Moon Glaze by 1 lap but they were still trailing our 1st place team by 18 laps which seems like a lot but they had plenty of time to try. Pepper and Stu were charging in the last few remaining heats as they had a solid 69 laps on orange in the 16th heat as they slowly creeping up on 1st place. They followed it up with 70 laps on white and they were now within 9 laps of 1st place. Our 1st place team; The Avengers, couldn’t afford to slip up as they made their way to the dreaded black lane for the 18th heat. With that being said they did fairly well with 66 laps but Stu and Pepper were flying and didn’t care who got in their way. They finished the 18th heat with 69 laps on red and they were now trailing by just 6 laps with just 2 heats to go. The Avengers came off one too many times during the 19th heat and finished with 60 laps on yellow, but 3 lanes over on green Stu and Pepper had a better outcome which moved them up into 1st place with a 2 lap lead. They would gain one more lap in the 20th heat as they were now up to a 3 lap lead with just 4 more heats to go. At the end of the 21st heat we had a tie for the lead at 1385 laps between the Avengers and Stu/Pepper. Stu and Pepper would get back up to a 3 lap lead during the 22nd heat but come the end of the 23rd they would have a comfy 7 lap lead going into the final heat. In the final heat we had 4 of the 6 remaining teams finish with 67 laps, with that being said Stu and Pepper would remain 7 laps ahead of The Avengers finishing with 1581 laps. Congrats to Stu and Pepper and here’s how the final played out; Stu/Pepper, The Avengers, Moon Glaze, Gas Monkeys, The Jokers, The Rookies, and The Youngsters.
Monday and I’ve got Friday on my mind to quote a song sung by The Easybeats in the sixties and now its Friday night. We say welcome back to Phil who hasn’t raced with us in awhile. We have 4 A’s and 4 B’s so lets get started with the B’s; Phil, Steve, and both Tims will contest our first race. Very close first heat with Tim B showing the early speed on orange, Tim W was quick but erratic on white with Phil running real good on red and Steve just a little off the pace of the other 3. Heat 2 saw Tim B take the lead by 2 over Phil, 4 over Steve, and 6 over Tim W who was fast but not staying on too well. Heats 3 and 4 saw Tim b stretch his lead a little while Steve had a tough heat on purple and black dropping to the back of the pack. Heat 5 is when Tim B took this race for his own. He lead Phil and Tim W by 10 laps and Steve by 18. Heat 6 saw Phil take back a couple moving back into 2nd and getting a little closer to Tim B while Tim W served his time on black. Heat 7 saw Tim W really get going with a 47 lap effort to move into 2nd place but does he have enough time to catch Tim B? Last heat and Tim W had another good one but Tim B managed to hold on to 7 laps of his lead. So we ended up with Tim B at 358, Tim W 351, Phil 346 and Steve at 336 which was 9 laps more than he ever done before.
Now for the A’s and for this race Jim had disassembled his record holding car to build a new one. Only the body and the motor were carried over. In practice before the race it didn’t seem like it had the speed of the old car. The 1st heat was a tremendous battle between Jim and Mel. They were running side by side for the first half of the heat, then Mel fell off in the donut and Jim had a half lap lead. Then Jim came up on Scott who was on the lane between Jim and Mel and it slowed Jim slightly while he figured out where he could get by. Tough task as Scott wasn’t quite as fast as Jim and Mel but he was plenty fast to make it difficult to get by. Mel was really charging and each lap he was getting closer to Jim. Unfortunately, each week Jim makes sure Mel’s cars are really fast and this week was no exception. At the end of the first heat Mel had caught back up and he and Jim were just about dead even turning a real good 48 laps each. Scott was a coupe back with 46 and Paul had 44 laps. The second heat saw more of the same kind of racing with the top 3 all having identical fast laps and all 3 having turned 47 laps. Paul dropped another 4 and was 8 out of the lead. Heat 3 saw Jim finally on a lane he thought he could really go on, green lane. Go he did turning 49 laps which equaled the current record for laps in a heat, a record he shares with Mel. When the heat was over Jim was able to pull out a lap on Mel who was doing anything but cruising on red, his fast lap was equal to Jim’s. Scott had a fine 47 on purple so he was only 4 back, so its Jim 144, Mel 143, Scott 140 and Paul 132. Heat 4 should have been another barn burner but Mel fell off a couple times and Jim didn’t fall off at all while running on the blue lane. He turned another 49 laps and started running some fast laps in the 3.5’s. Jim pulled out 2 more laps on Mel but this was the last good heats for Jim for a little while. Scott turned 45 on black giving him 47 and 45 for purple and black which is not a bad effort for those 2 lanes. Now it was Mel’s turn to show what he had, Mel was running in the 3.5’s on blue but only turned 47 laps. Jim was running low 3.6’s on purple but turned a very mediocre 45 laps giving 2 back to Mel and Scott. Heat 6 was more of the same with Mel and Scott turning 47 to Jim’s 45. So Mel took over the lead by about ¾’s a lap over Jim who was so glad to be off black. Scott was now only 4 behind Jim and Paul was 19 out of the lead. Heat 7 Jim made up a half lap and Mel and Jim were going to start the last heat about even with Scott only 4 back. So here it is the last heat and a 3rd of the way thru it is still close. Then Jim started turning some 3.5 and thought I wanted to break the lap time record. He started pressing hard because Mel had fallen off a couple times and he thought he could fall off without losing the lead. Then with just a handful of seconds to go there is a 3.45 and a new record. Mel was running 3.5’s and turning 46 laps but short of the 50 it would have taken to win. So there was a new total laps record and a new speed record and a new laps in a heat record. Jim had 380, Mel 376 which tied his personal best, Scott with 371 and Paul 352.
Friday night and there is 8 of us in the mood to race Womps. So the B’s are up and this week the “B” main consisted of Tim B, Tim W, Steve, and Scott. The heat started and there were many crashes and in one of them Scott got his gear bent a little. He was having trouble staying on so Tim B pulled out a couple of laps by the middle of the heat. Jim bent Scotts guide back into position and for the rest of the heat Scott had the speed we have come to expect from him. Tim B was running well and Steve was hanging real close to him. Tim W was having a lot of problems staying on, so the 1st heat ended with Scott turning 40 laps, leading Steve by 4 laps and the Tim’s by 5 laps. Heat 2 Scott had a tough time on white turning 35 laps. Steve ran a good heat on red gaining a lap on Scott and the winner of the heat was Tim B with 38 laps on blue. Heat 3 Steve was the winner with 37 laps pulling within 2 laps of Scott. Tim B was another 2 laps back and Tim W was 2 laps behind him. Heat 4 saw Scott setting the fastest lap as he had done every heat so far only this time he stayed on better and turned 41 laps. Scott took a 6 lap lead over the fast improving Steve and 10 laps over Tim B who was trying to survive purple and black, Tim W was a couple more behind. For heats 5 and 6 that determined Steve held onto 2nd place by a couple laps over Tim B. Tim W had a really bad black so he started looking for one of his cars that would actually stay on. I hope he finds one before next weeks Enduro. In heat 7 there was a shuffling of the order. By turning 40 laps in heat 6 and 41 in heat 7 Tim b finally moved into 2nd place. Steve dropped to 3rd but only by a lap. The last heat should be exciting, Steve tried hard but on yellow he just couldn’t match the pace of Tim B on white. The finish was Scott by 10 laps over Tim B, Steve was 2 laps back and Tim W never did find a car he could control. A real fast lap 4.00 by Scott.
Now the A’s. In the 1st heat both Jim and Mel posted laps of 3.95, the fastest of the race but it was Paul and Pepper that got off to the best starts. In the 2nd heat Jim turned 43 laps to bring him into a tie for 2nd with everyone except Pepper who had 1 lap on the field. Heat 3 saw Pepper keep his lead by 2 laps over Paul, 3 over Jim and 4 over Mel. Heat 4 saw Mel put 3 laps on the whole field moving into 2nd place a lap behind Pepper who was hanging onto the lead even though he turned the slowest fast lap, Jim had dropped to the rear but only 3 laps out of 1st. So at the halfway point it was Pepper 165, Mel 164, Paul 163, and Jim 162, close race. The 2nd half started with Mel taking the lead by 2 laps over Pepper who had 2 laps over Paul and Jim. At this point Jim was the only one of the 4 who hadn’t been in the lead. Heat 6 Jim turned 43 laps and pulled onto the same lap as Pepper two behind Mel who was headed to black. Paul had a poor black only turning 38 laps and dropping to 7 off the lead. Heat 7 saw Jim turn the fastest lap of this heat with a 4.00 and the most laps of the heat and the race with 44. Jim took the lead over Mel by 2 and 3 laps over Pepper with Paul dropping to 10 back. At this point all 4 drivers had been in the lead at some point. So the last heat saw Jim start with about a lap and ¾ over Mel but Jim was on red so he was going to be slower than Mel who was on yellow. Pepper was on white so he should be faster than Jim but 3 laps is a lot to make up. So Mel made up some time but then fell off and was back to 2 laps back. Then Mel caught up to about a half lap back and then he fell off again. Then he started to come back again and had got to exactly 1 lap back and ran out of time. So the finish was Jim turning 330 laps followed by Mel with 329 laps and Pepper 327 laps with Paul having 318 laps.
It’s Friday night and this Friday we are racing the 1/32 flexi chassis cars with the downforce bodies. We welcomed a brand new racer, Guy Javier. Mel took him under his wing and showed him the basics of driving a miniature LMP car on the Kingleman. He did pretty well for his first time, but he was driving for the first time and Tim B, Tim W, and Steve sure didn’t wait around for him. If you look at the stats for the “B” race you will see it shows Tim B turning a 2.25 lap on black. Sorry Tim, I’m not buying it. It was a rider but it does remind that we need to check the setup and see the minimum lap time is set for a realistic number.
So lets get started, we had 4 drivers in the “B” race and its Tim B who got off to a quick start followed by a quickly improving Steve. Then it was Tim W 6 laps back due entirely to falling off too much with Guy feeling his way along. In the 2nd heat Tim B turned a real strong 47 laps stretching his lead to 8 laps over Steve and 9 over Tim W. Times were coming down as both Tim’s turned 3.67. Heat 3 is when Tim W discovered we don’t the laps on the floor and mostly stayed on and turned 48 laps to go into 2nd past Steve and closed the gap on Tim B to 6 laps. Guy had a difficult first contact with the Kinglemans black lane turning only 28 laps. Heat 4 saw Tim B have a nice 46 laps to pull back to 9 laps ahead and Steve got one back on Tim W. Heat 5 saw Tim W turn some fast laps on black but losing the lap battle to Tim B by 3. Steve was still trying to hang close but he must have been thinking purple is a difficult lane as he couldn’t break into the 3’s. It is interesting contrasting these cars to the womps that run on alternate weeks. With the 1/32 cars black is still a difficult lane but not a slow lane. Red and white are the slow lanes with these cars. With the womps, black is absolutely the slowest lane. Heat 6 saw Steve turn only 39 laps on black which ended the chance he had for 2nd place. At the top Tim B picked up one more over Tim W. In heat 7 Tim W turned a best lap of 3.57 his second 3.5 best lap, his first came when he did a 3.56 on blue earlier in the race. He picked up a lap on Tim B but it was a little too late. Steve recovered from his miserable black to turn 44 on yellow. Going into the last heat Tim B was up by 12 on Tim W who had 11 on Steve. Guy was a long way back, nothing too exciting in the last heat, everybody just added some laps to their total. So it was Tim B with a fine run that would have landed him 3rd in the “A” race followed by Tim W and then Steve and Guy. Good run by Steve, I think it was his best so far.
Now for the A’s it was; Jim, Mel, Scott, and Paul. During the week Jim had worked on all 4 of Mel’s cars and 3 of the 4 had gone faster than 3.55. The quickest went 3.48, since the race record for this class is 3.50 it looked like Mel would be in contention this week. From the 3 beeps that started the race, Jim was on a mission. He tied the record for the fastest lap at 3.50 and turned a very good 48 laps. Mel was 2 back at 46, Paul had 42 and Scott had 41. Unfortunately Pauls car went sour in the 1st heat and he struggled to keep up the rest of the night. Scott had a little problem identifying his car and spent most of the 1st heat trying to drive Mels car. Due to an odd set of circumstances Mel and Scott have near identical looking bodies and Scott just couldn’t cope with the situation. So Jim knowing how quick Mels car could be he pressed real hard for the first 4 heats doing 48,48,47 and 48. It looked like he was on his way to setting a new record for a number of laps in a race. Mel wasn’t going slow but he was a couple back in each heat. After the 1st heat Scott only lost 1 more lap to Mel in the next 3. So after 4 heats it was Jim 191, Mel 182, Scott 176, and Paul 169 getting the most he could out of a hurting car. Now for the inner lanes. Suddenly the smile has gone from Jim’s face, some of the speed has gone from his car and it has lost most of its brakes. Over the next 2 heats Jim pulls out 3 more laps but both Mel and Scott are faster. He is driving the car as hard as he can but he knows he is just going to be trying to hold on and now there is a noise. The gear is starting to touch the track going through the bank. They only had 10 laps on them when the race started. Mel, like a shark smells blood in the water. He turns 49 laps to tie the record for laps in a heat Jim only has 45 and every lap the noise is getting louder. Now its time for the last heat and Mel is on a good lane. He turns his best lap of the night a 3.56. He turns 48 quick ones but it is not enough. Due to Jims great start he managed to bring it home with a handful of laps still ahead. With the hard charge that Mel put on, he left Scott behind and took 2nd place by a bunch of laps over Scott with Paul struggling home in 4th.